Saga of Lucimia is slowly becoming a bigger part of our site! For the second week in a row, the devs of said MMO shared an interesting opinion in their “Mondays in MMORPGs” blog format. After advertising a more prominent role of GMs last week, their Creative Director shared how they plan to deal with patch notes, or more precisely, what will be included in them.
Saga of Lucimia apparently will publish little to no updates in their notes. They might relocate an NPC, or destroy a dungeon entrance, all without informing the community.
Saga of Lucimia Is Unlike Most MMOs
Now it’s good to remembers that Saga of Lucimia is a hardcore old-school indie MMO that focuses on immersion and role-playing. It doesn’t even feature a mini-map. So what makes sense for such a game probably doesn’t necessarily make sense for other titles. You would think Neverwinter for example simply doesn’t have the type of gamer that would appreciate such an approach. On the contrary, you could foresee a bunch of complaining forum posts coming the devs way. Around here we usually plead for more information, not less.
It’s still intriguing to think about it. Say the devs patch a full balancing pass. Would you rather test and figure out everything yourself? Or changes to quest lines, dungeon mechanics, profession recipes? Or does this really only make sense in a hardcore role-playing environment? What would definitely happen is that players would instantly become less open with handing out information as well. The more something is difficult to figure out, the more it makes sense to keep and use information in an inner circle. Also going to the preview server and looking up changes there would become even more important to gain an advantage on live. That said, a PTS might not actually make sense any longer, because you don’t know what to test anyway.
You can probably think of even more implications, don’t you? What’s your take on the topic? Share your thoughts on our social channels, in the comments below, or visit the corresponding thread on our message board!
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